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Subject: Set 1 Magic
Set1: Help>Slip>Franklin opener...what more can I say? The boys drop us right into the middle of the energy from the first note, the song trio climaxing during Franklin's. Althea and Masterpiece are to more really strong set 1 highlights, with a spirited and well-executed Music to round off a very enjoyable set1.
Set2: Iko Iko is fairly uneventful but pleasing, followed by everyone's favorite song, Wave to the Wind. Jerry puts forth a good effort, providing us with a nice solo in the middle of this traditionally flat tune. The Truckin>Spoonful>He's gone takes the Set2 MVP. Ken Nordine drops in during space to provide some of his jazz poetry, the band noodling behind his ominous voice as if they've conjured up some strange deity from the depths of the cosmos. The band works their way into a fabulous TOO, rounding out the night with decent but fairly unremarkable renditions of The Days Between and Around & Around.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this whole show, but if you're perusing I would make sure to hit Help>Slip>Franklin and Truckin>Spoonful>He's Gone. Fans of Althea will not be disappointed with this version either.
Subject: 20 years done come and gone my oh my!
What a long strange trip its been on the crest of a wave in another times forgotten space where ice blue roses grow the greatest band anywhere in the universe gave the best they had to give, how much we'll never know.
Subject: Ken Nordine
Between Drums and Space: The only problem is that when Nordine begins, he can hardly be heard. Space is unbeatable, once his volume kicks in!!! Of course in addition, Nordine is a rare supplement to a show, and as great as they sound together--that is all I need! 5 stars.
I'm not critiquing the rest of the show. From the bits of it I heard, it is average.
Subject: March 11, 1993!!!
March 11, 1993, As my math has never been real great, I don't attempt a lot of really tricky stuff. But I think I can handle this one; 1993 is twenty years later than 1973. 1973 was when I started to listen to the dead.... and when I first heard someone say that they where done, their glory years over with, Pig dead, and Jerry soon to follow. Listen to this show...and if we could....could we drop the, “Jerry's got one foot in the grave,” bullshit. Never in the 22 years that I saw then alive, or the years that I have listened to tapes since have I heard Jerry, ( or the rest,) sound better. Or fresher...look at the song list. If you never got it, why one would travel to hell and back to see these guys, this is it....cause you just never knew what they were going to pull out next. Jerry on Days between; never has there been a voice or a guitar that was better at telling a simple story with a song.
Dylan M -
Subject: Nice and heavy on the AUD
Though all the soundboard qualities shine in this transfer, Mr. Darby's AUD really brings out the "live" aspect of this show.
For these later shows, it's important to bring out the audience interaction in the recordings as to better display the band's enthusiasm for playing well being somewhat depending on the crowd being cool.
No doubt that Spring 93' is a great tour. Of the Vince-solo years I think its the collectively best tour performance consistency wise. All of the Rosemont shows from this tour are great. Jerry seems focused and lays down thoughtful solos throughout.
The Franklin's from this show is badass. Great Vince piano and Jerry responds with energetic enthusiasm. As many have said, the Jerry ballads (So Many Roads, The Days Between) really shine at this show in particular. Phil is also WAY heavy in the mix, for the best results possible.
Wave to the Wind is the worst song the Grateful Dead ever performed. No wonder Phil and Friends or Furthur don't perform it.
Thanks for Matrixin' this Hunter. Your contributions to the community are valuable. Keep them coming!